Excitement Increases as August 2008 Holiday in Europe Nears

Anticipation is building as we prepare for our summer 2008 holiday in Europe. As has been the case in the last 15 years, we will be traveling to a diverse range of holiday destinations and this summer's trip will include visits to France and Italy. We enjoy visiting both large cities and quaint hamlets. Our specific day by day itinerary is listed below, and we warmly welcome any suggestions and tips concerning sights to see, restaurant recommendations, and any relevant suggestions whatsoever. We have already booked tickets to Carmen in Verona, and tickets to see Leonardo DaVinci's Last Supper in Milan. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Day 1-3 Bellagio, Lake Como in Italy
Day 4-5 Verona, Italy
Day 6 Ravena, Italy
Day 7-8 Florence, Italy
Day 9-11 Monterosso in the Cinque Terre
Day 12-13 Honfleur, France
Day 14-15 Bayeux, France
Day 16-19 Paris, France


David Zemens said…
When are you leaving for your trip? May I ask where you are staying in both Bellagio and Paris?
Brendan Bear said…
Hi David,
Our trip is in August. We are staying at the Hotel Metropole in Bellagio http://www.albergometropole.com/ and the Grand Hotel Leveque in Paris http://www.hotel-leveque.com/ Both are recommended by Rick Steves.
Explorer Bear
Anonymous said…
Hello Explorer Bear!
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Thanks for your visit to my site - the blog about the pond!
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CoachSparky said…
Hi Explorer Bear,

Reading your itinerary made me nostalgic about my trip to Paris. I just flipped through my scrapbook to find some recommendations for you. Of course, I'm sure that you are already planning on visiting the Eiffel Tower and walking along the Seine River and the Champs-Ellyse. Some other recommendations include:

1. Musee D'Orsay-- one of my favorite museums-- all Impressionism

2. Walk to the top of Notre Dame to see a breathtaking view of Paris and the gargoyles that live on top

3. Visit Sainte Chapelle to witness wonderful stained glass

4. The Center George Pompidou-- (a modern art museum)-- houses a whimsical and colorful sculpture park outside of it

5. I do not remember where it is-- but there is a basement that houses Monet's waterlillies wrapped around a circular wall-- it is unbelievable how huge these paintings are-- up close you can see just how incredible of a work of art they are

Enjoy your travels! Looking forward to reading your blog.


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